All the latest village news


DRYMEN WRI held its AGM on May 10 and members enjoyed a buffet supper.

The results of the competitions are as follows: individual sweet - 1st Mrs C. Mair, 2nd Mrs J. Kirkland, 3rd Mrs E. Hay. Greetings Card (any craft) 1st Mrs E. Hay, 2nd Mrs M. Mason, 3rd Mrs J. Kirkland.

CANCER UK door to door collection - the Strathendrick Local Area Committee of Cancer Research UK would like to thank those who supported the recent door to door collection. The magnificent sum of £9,906.75 was raised in the district.

The amounts raised in each locality are Balfron: £2,904.62, Buchanan: £145.01, Buchlyvie: £895.83, Croftamie: £175.05, Drymen: £1,131.88, Fintry: £987.05, Gartmore: £210.28, Killearn: £2,203.76, Strathblane and Blanefield: £1,253.27.

This year’s collection takes the total raised since the Millennium to more than £100,000.


ENJOY an evening of exciting Baroque playing at Gartmore Village Hall on Friday, May 25 at 7.30pm.

Pleiades Baroque is a newly formed ensemble directed by the French violinist David Chivers.

It consists of 10 musicians from the Royal Scottish National Orchestra including three local players, Jacquie Speirs, Gail Digney and Elita Poulter.

Using gut strings, Baroque bows and playing at Baroque pitch, they bring 17th century Italian Virtuoso music to Gartmore.

Tickets cost £12 and all money raised goes towards the Gartmore Village Hall refurbishment, children get in free and there will be a bar.

Tickets are available from Gartmore Village Shop (01877 382214) or on the door.

Please make cheques payable to Gartmore Association.


STRATHBLANE book group - May’s meeting will be held in the library on Tuesday, May 22 with Sarah’s Key being the title up for discussion.

Go along at 8pm if you would like to join in you will be made very welcome.

BOOKBUG - if you haven’t started school yet, would you like to take your mum or gran or someone who cares for you during the day to half an hour of fun stories, songs and rhymes?

There’s lots of fun to be had at Bookbug’s library sessions and the next one will be in Strathblane Library at 2.30pm on Wednesday.

From babies to toddlers to preschoolers, everyone is welcome.

THE Strathblane Cub Scout group is putting out a plea to their local community.

After many years of service, Lynn Buchanan is stepping down and, if no one comes forward as leader, the pack faces closure.

Both beavers and scouts have a healthy number of boys attending and it would be very sad to see the cubs being forced to fold.

Please talk to any member of the Scout committee if you think you might be able to help.

CHURCH news - there will be a church family day out.

The fine weather plan for Saturday, May 26 is to meet at David Marshall Lodge at 11am for games, a scavenger hunt and parachute fun, with a short time of praise at midday and a picnic together at 12.15pm.

After lunch everyone can explore the walks, share coffee or wander the shops in Aberfoyle.

Simply drop in at any time to take part.

Plans are coming along for The Community Big Lunch on Sunday, June 3 and will include a Teddy Bear’s Picnic for families.

If you can help, please let Wylma know.